For more than 25 years, Camp Loyaltown has provided a unique camp experience designed to meet the individual needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities. More than 200 friends of the camp stepped up to help ensure its continued success by raising more than $120,000 at the 17th Annual Camp Loyaltown Auction, held at the Inn at New Hyde Park last month. The evening’s festivities included cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, dancing and a live auction.
Syosset students have raised over $200,000 for cystic fibrosis research with this event to date
Since 1993, Syosset High School’s student government has held an annual phone-a-thon to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. After a busy school day, students recently spent two evenings calling the Syosset school district community.
The students began the event with a buffet dinner generously donated by local merchants including Richard Cutler of Mim’s, Woodbury Country Deli, Celebrity Diner, Bagel Boss of Hicksville, Christina’s Epicure, Iavarone Bros., Butera’s, Laguna Grille, Meyers Farms, Happy Farms, Prime Time Butcher, Bagel Master, and Frank’s Gourmet Pizza.
Amy Golan, co-owner of the new Syosset Retro Fitness, currently open for presales and slated to open in December, says that by leaving out a few services that many gym-goers can do without, it’s possible to offer membership at a low price. “We don’t have some of the amenities that a lot of people don’t use—we don’t have a pool, we don’t have towel service,” says Golan. Also MIA are tennis, racquetball and basketball courts.
The owner who decided to move the New York Islanders off Long Island once its lease expires in June 2015 may play a role in filling the potential void left by the teams’ departure. County Executive Edward P. Mangano, developer Bruce Ratner, Isles owner Charles Wang and Don Monti of Renaissance Downtown think they have a plan in place to solve the developmental conundrum that is the Hub, which includes Nassau Coliseum.
The group announced a strategic “Reuse Plan” on Tuesday, Nov. 20 that reportedly will transform the Coliseum within the first half of 2013. Others have tried and failed where Ratner is venturing and the 77-acre site in Uniondale could become barren in three years once Wang departs for Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The Jericho Public Library is a major hub of the community, and that certainly was true in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. No one has felt that more than library director Barbara Kessler. As soon as power was restored to the building on Friday, Nov. 2, she opened the library’s doors. The meeting room was set up with charging stations, warm drinks and refreshments. Computers and Wi-Fi service were available. Adult and children’s films were shown for entertainment as well.
The Town of Oyster Bay Town Board unanimously approved the town’s $265 million budget for 2013 on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The budget includes a 3.8 percent property tax-levy increase, within the state-mandated cap.
That is what Congressman Peter King said at a press conference in which elected officials called on the federal government to send resources to get the job done in turning power back on for all Long Island residents. On Friday, Nov. 8, 11 days after super storm Sandy devastated Long Island, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) reported that more than 81,000 Nassau County customers remained without power and more than 162,000 throughout Nassau and Suffolk. That was enough for King, County Executive Ed Mangano, Congressman Steve Israel, New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, to hold a press conference and ask the federal government to send the resources to do the job which LIPA has not been able to.
Zwerling is no stranger to philanthropy; at Jericho High School, she was a member of Jr. Scope, a group that raises money for disadvantaged children on Long Island. Now, in her capacity as hospital relations chair, she works with “miracle children”—children who have been treated successfully at the medical center. Many of the children are cancer survivors, but there are also children with genetic disorders and other critical health issues.
The storm crippled Long Island and left thousands without power and some are still fighting to pick up the pieces that Hurricane Sandy littered throughout Elmont, Franklin Square and West Hempstead. Just two months after being smashed by a storm on Aug. 15, which showcased similar events of downed trees, wires and heavy winds, the area was dealt another blow.
It is a scene that is devastatingly similar throughout Long Island, and particularly in waterfront areas on the north and south shores. Homeowners desperately tried to remove the water that had flooded homes by opening doors, windows, garage doors, and by using generator-powered vacuums, designed to capture water. Along curbsides, carpets, furniture, clothing, toys, and other treasured belongings were left for sanitation crews to take away. Literally, lifetimes of memories had been washed away.
If anyone were to ask if public libraries are relevant now, ask the thousands of people who came to Syosset Public Library after Hurricane Sandy.
By Wednesday morning, Oct. 31, the library was open and people began streaming in, grateful for heat, light and electricity. Besides the need for power, the library brought together hundreds of people who were reeling from the destruction of the hurricane. By 10 a.m., most of the hundreds of outlets in the library were being used to charge electronic devices and even for emergency medical equipment such as nebulizers.
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